Heart of Virginia Healthcare

by: Anton Kuzel, MD Last week, the Agency for Health Research and Quality announced the award of seven EvidenceNow: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grants to state-level cooperatives aimed at improving the quality of care provided by small to medium practices (ten or fewer clinicians at a given site).  I am proud to say […]

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Students ‘hack’ innovations in caregiving

by Julia Truelove, Innovation Fellow In the constant conversation about meeting the needs of the aging population, one important issue is often left out of the equation - the physical and mental health of family caregivers. This past weekend, a diverse group of college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to try to address exactly […]

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Innovator Interview: Karen Rheuban, MD

Dr. Rheuban Innovator: Karen Rheuban, MD Position: Director, University of Virginia Center for Telehealth VHIN:  What progress has been made in the Commonwealth of Virginia to connect persons with chronic conditions to remote monitoring?  How will Virginia’s SIM grant further this progress? KR:  The Commonwealth, through the work of our medical schools, healthcare systems, FQHCs […]

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Dementia, who?

by Devin Bowers, Innovation Fellow It is not often that we hear the question asked “Do you have any concerns about your memory?” in the office of a primary care physician (PCP). Memory loss can be misconstrued by PCPs as a norm­­­­al part of aging; therefore it is overlooked in the myriad of other chronic […]

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Innovator Interview: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH

Dr. Levine Innovator: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH Position: Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health VHIN: Your one-year anniversary as Virginia State Health Commissioner is approaching, what have been the most exciting and challenging aspects of this appointment? ML:  Responding to a new threat to the US and Virginia, Ebola, was a significant challenge.  Ebola forced us to […]

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Helping Value-Based Care Delivery Pay for Itself

by Robert J. Fortini, VP and Chief Clinical Officer, Bon Secours Medical Group Although many commercial health plan payments now focus on value rather than volume, the bulk of physician income is still derived from fee-for-service payments—or, for employed physicians, salary plus production incentives.a Pioneers of value-based payment arrangements must navigate this reality if they […]

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Innovator Interview: Richard Szucs, MD

Richard Szucs, MD Innovator: Richard Szucs, MD Position: Chairman, Honoring Choices® Virginia VHIN: How do you define advance care planning? RS: Advance care planning is the process whereby an individual plans ahead for how decisions regarding their health care will be made if they are unable to make those decisions for themselves. It is more […]

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Improving the Health of Older Adults with Chronic Conditions

by Fran Anderson, Director of The Center For Aging, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Ms. Rosa has just returned home after her second hospital stay within a month. She is 66 years old and has several chronic conditions with 12 prescribed medications. Ms. Rosa sees two doctors and uses two different pharmacies. Her medications were […]

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Taking a Long View on Virginia’s Health

Chris Mullins by Christopher J. Mullins, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic The year 1990 marked the release of the very first America’s Health Rankings report – when we first learned where Virginia ranks relative to every other state in overall health and wellness. As UnitedHealthcare’s CEO in the Mid-Atlantic region, I always look forward to […]

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Virginia Awarded State Innovation Model Grant Funds

Over the past two years, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation staff and our partners have worked collaboratively to lay the groundwork for the Virginia Health Innovation Plan (VHIP). The VHIP's population health improvement initiatives are designed to transform Virginia health care and achieve the Triple Aim. Today we have an exciting update to share with […]

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